Top Ten Best Board Games for Newbies
Let's face it, it can be extremely difficult to get someone properly introduced to the board game hobby and there's a high risk of providing an initial experience that spoils any future prospects of your friend(s) returning to the game table. So let's talk about how to properly introduce someone to their first board game (or any new game for that matter).
Here are some things you should keep in mind before picking out a game to start someone off in:
- Know The Rules Inside & Out! Yes, this is the number one turn off for anyone one learning a game. If you think you'll have to be referring to the rule book at all during gameplay, skip it until your know the game EXTREMELY well.
- Don't Crush The Newbie. Yes, we all know how good it feels to annihilate your opponents, but if someone who is brand new to the hobby and needs to develop their strategy-building skills, getting blown out of the water is not going to entice them to come back for more. Remember board games need to be fun, so make it fun for your newbies
- Pick The Right Game/Genre. Think about your end goal while selecting your game. Are you wanting to play more advanced Euro Games like Agricola or Co-Op games like Pandemic Legacy? Selecting the right genre of game that either matches your end goal or what you feel your newbie will be interested is very important. In our list we will be covering all sorts of genres and we'll be sure to call them out.
Ok, lets get into our top best board games for newbies. We recommend that you focus more on the mechanics each board games introduces in this list rather than the numerical position as ultimately the type of gameplay is going to drive your decision on what you a bringing to the table. Enjoy!